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March 19, 2018

by Mairin Kerr, Communications Specialist at the Royal BC Museum
How do you keep your core galleries interesting for repeat visitors? Over half of the Royal BC Museum’s visitors are locals so we’ve come up with a few ways to keep them engaged. 
Our Learning Staff have developed a huge variety of programs. They conduct research, experiment with new programs and build on existing popular ones. One...
March 19, 2018
Ember Farber is Director of Advocacy at the American Alliance of Museums, where she has been on staff since late 2003. Here Ember answers some of the questions about advocacy and Museums Advocacy Day she gets asked most often throughout the year.
Why is an advocacy day so important?
An advocacy day for any cause serves several important purposes.  First and foremost, on Capitol Hill, it puts your...
March 17, 2018

Plans are underway for a spectacular joint conference bringing together two amazing organizations to provide a dynamic and groundbreaking professional development experience in two years.
The Western Museums Association and the California Museums Association will be collaborating to bring together museum professionals in Los Angeles in 2020 and we need you to help us in the planning.

Our short...
March 16, 2018
Immigration stories and the new exhibition, Washington: My Home
Washington State Historical Society
By Julianna Verboort, Marketing and Communications Director at the Washington State Historical Society
Early in the development of Washington: My Home, the Washington State Historical Society could not have foreseen the national immigration policy debates that would be taking place by the time...
March 16, 2018

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
No matter what point you are in your career, figuring out how to navigate the ins and outs of your job, as well as preparing yourself for the next growth opportunity can be greatly assisted through mentorship. Research shows that women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups do better than the...
March 13, 2018

Dulce Kersting-Lark, Executive Director of Latah County Historical Society (Moscow, ID)
Working for a museum became my dream sometime during my high school years when I realized that my passion for history did not encompass a love of classroom teaching. In college I pursued internships (both unpaid and poorly paid) in nearby museums and archives. I went on to study Public History in graduate...
March 12, 2018
by Jennifer Ortiz and Molly Wilmoth, co-chairs Program Committee

At the start of March, the WMA 2018 Program Committee met in Tacoma, WA for our second and final planning meeting for this year’s Annual Meeting. Our 2018 Program Committee is comprised of a diverse group of museum leaders from all corners of the Western region. Over four very full days—two in January and the other two in March—the...
March 6, 2018

By Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist at Western Museums Association
When looking at the issue of gender pay inequality in the museum field, we are exploring part of a larger challenge in our sector, as well as specifically within our field.  To get a sense of the issue, let’s get some numbers.
Women today make the entire nonprofit sector function— or about three-quarters of it...


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